Daily news - 18th June 2019

Weekly subscribe button

UK news

Reality TV encourages children to drink and smoke, experts warn

Shows such as Love Island risk ‘renormalising’ habits for young people | Guardian, UK

A content analysis of tobacco and alcohol audio-visual content in a sample of UK reality TV programmes

Exposure to tobacco and alcohol content in audio-visual media is a risk factor for smoking and alcohol use in young people. We report an analysis of tobacco and alcohol content, and estimates of population exposure to this content, in a sample of reality television programmes broadcast in the UK | Journal of Public Health, UK

Teens caught up in county lines gangs have seen things no child should see

My team works with young people who’ve been groomed, brainwashed and traumatised. We help them rebuild their lives | Guardian, UK

The 'brutal reality' for alcohol-damaged children

Judith Knox says her 12-year-old son has a range of behavioural problems as a result of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) | BBC, UK

Troubled jail makes progress to stop ‘overt’ drug use, inspectors find

A review of standards at Birmingham’s Winson Green prison has questioned an “inexplicable” failure to secure funding for scanners to prevent drugs being smuggled into the jail | ITV, UK

Women in Addiction

Drs Sharon Cox of London South Bank University and Sally Marlow of King’s College London, came together to make a series of short films highlighting just some of the stories behind some of these women, taking inspiration from the past and the present, and looking towards the future. We are proud to present the first of those films here | SSA, UK

Danniella Westbrook: Drug-free EastEnders star 'to train as therapist' - video

The ex-EastEnders star tells Victoria Derbyshire she is now looking to train as a therapist, and help open a treatment centre | BBC, UK

A lesser known history of psychedelics

Alina Ivan visits the 'Brilliant Visions – Art, Mescaline, Psychiatry' exhibition at the Museum of the Mind | BPS, UK

Drug and Alcohol Recovery Choir

Rising Voices Recovery Choir is a Bristol based free weekly singing group for people with problematic drug or alcohol use, and those in recovery from it. We also welcome families and carers of drug and alcohol users, and staff and volunteers from treatment services | Make Music Day UK, UK

Walk a Mile in Our Shoes

20th – 25th June. View the route here. A week long fundraising walk along the Thames Path all the way to Parliament. The Anyone’s Child families will be leading this walk to raise awareness of the harms caused by prohibition - come and join us! | Anyone's Child, UK

RAF sergeant jailed for money laundering and drug operation

An RAF sergeant has been jailed for his involvement in a £1m drug dealing and money laundering conspiracy | BBC, UK


International news

British tourist barred from entering US for 10 years over cocaine text

A British tourist has been barred from entering the US for 10 years after a reference to taking cocaine was found on her mobile phone | Independent, UK

Can you get an Esta if you've taken drugs?

After a British tourist was banned from entering the US for 10 years over a text referring to taking cocaine, here’s everything you need to know about how previous drug offences could affect your travel plans | Independent, UK

Portugal, drugs and decriminalisation - audio

In the 1990s Portugal had a major heroin problem, and when it came to people injecting drugs it had one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the EU. It took a radical approach and decriminalised all personal drug use | BBC, UK

Colombia leader hits out at 'hypocrisy' of middle-class cocaine users

Iván Duque decries social acceptability of drug that inflicts environmental and social damage on producers | Guardian, UK

San Francisco weighs 1st US city ban on e-cigarette sales

San Francisco supervisors are considering Tuesday whether to move the city toward becoming the first in the United States to ban all sales of electronic cigarettes as part of an effort to crack down on youth vaping | Mail Online, USA

Vapes and E-Cigarettes Could Soon Be Classified as ‘Drugs’ in India

Does the device considered a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes deserve to be criminalised while tobacco companies continue to get away? | VICE, UK

Cigarettes and alcohol: How young French people differ from older generations

A new report in France looks at how the younger generation are smoking and drinking compared to their parents and there was some good news that means the national stereotypes about the French may no longer apply | The Local, France

Booze to your doorstep? Sweden opens up alcohol home delivery to everyone

After a long trial period, Sweden's state-run Systembolaget chain will be able to deliver alcohol home to customers across the entire country | The Local, Sweden

Young Adults Who Live Near Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Use Marijuana More Often, Have More-Positive Views

Young adults who live in neighborhoods with more medical marijuana dispensaries use marijuana more frequently than their peers and have more-positive views about the drug, according to a new RAND Corporation study | RAND Corporation, USA

Cold weather increases the risk of fatal opioid overdoses

A research team led by Brandon Marshall, an associate professor of epidemiology at Brown University's School of Public Health, found a 25 percent increase in fatal opioid overdoses after periods of freezing temperatures compared to days with an average temperature of 52 degrees | Medical Xpress, USA

Can Marijuana Help Cure the Opioid Crisis?

Sometimes appearances, or statistics, can be deceiving | NYTimes, USA

Gene Increases Risk for Pot Addiction

First gene associated with cannabis abuse likely affects how people respond to the drug | Scientific American, USA

Meth In The Morning, Heroin At Night: Inside The Seesaw Struggle of Dual Addiction

In the 25 years since she snorted her first line of methamphetamine at a club in San Francisco, Kim has redefined "normal" many times. At first, she says, it seemed like meth brought her back to her true self — the person she was before her parents divorced, and before her stepfather moved in | npr, USA

Study shows association between use of mentholated cigarettes and smoking cessation

For decades, Big Tobacco has sold African American smokers on menthol-flavored cigarettes through targeted marketing campaigns. That's among the reasons why, in the U.S., black smokers who prefer menthols are 12% less likely to quit smoking compared to non-menthol users, according to the results of a newly published study | News Medical, USA

Global Forum on Nicotine Asserts Urgency of Tobacco Harm Reduction

Where else,” wondered tobacco harm reduction advocate David Sweanor, “do we permit a really deadly product, but try to restrict access to safer ones?” | Filter Magazine, USA

Marijuana Legalization Isn’t Dead Yet in New York

After weekend-long negotiations, lawmakers are cautiously optimistic they may reach a deal before the legislative session ends Wednesday | NYTimes, USA

Why Decentralization Is the Key to Ending the War on Drugs

The road to ending the War on Drugs will be filled with plenty of obstacles, but it has to start somewhere | FEE, USA

Argentina Struggles to Kick Cocaine Habit: Report

A new report on drug consumption in the Americas once again lists Argentina as the second largest cocaine market in the hemisphere, just behind the United States | Insight Crime, USA


Blogs, comment and opinion

"You can't change lonely with a bottle of wine"

17 June marks the beginning of Loneliness Awareness Week, so in this blog Mark explores the complicated relationship between loneliness and alcohol | Alcohol Change blog, UK

The Trip Report 17/06/19

Through the work of organisations such as WEDINOS, The Loop, and SaferParty, we know a little more about the drugs in circulation. The report provided below is a summary of their findings over the last week | Cameron Scally, UK

New gambling tax is moving up the agenda – here’s how it needs to work

Gambling has become a talking point in the UK Conservative Party leadership election after the health secretary Matt Hancock called for a £100m-plus annual levy on betting companies | Conversation, UK

Most US drug arrests involve a gram or less

In the long-running television drama “Breaking Bad,” viewers watched the moral devolution of Walter White, a cancer-stricken high school chemistry teacher who tried to provide for the financial future of his family by cooking methamphetamine | Conversation, USA